Bill O'Brien (British politician)

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Sir Bill O'Brien
Member of Parliament
for Normanton
In office
10 June 1983 – 11 April 2005
Preceded by Albert Roberts
Succeeded by Ed Balls
Personal details
Born (1929-01-25) 25 January 1929 (age 88)
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Jean Scofield
Alma mater University of Leeds

Sir William "Bill" O'Brien (born 25 January 1929, Pontefract) is a Labour Party politician in the United Kingdom.

Early life[edit]

He was previously a miner from 1946–83 and local councillor on Wakefield Council from 1973-83. He stood unsuccessfully for the post of Secretary for the Yorkshire region of the National Union of Mineworkers in 1973, losing to Owen Briscoe from the Yorkshire Left group.[1] He was considered the moderate candidate from the moderate Glasshoughton colliery, whereas Briscoe was a militant from Armthorpe Colliery.[1]

He gained a BEd degree from the University of Leeds in 1978.

Parliamentary career[edit]

O'Brien entered the House of Commons as the Member of Parliament for Normanton at the 1983 general election, and re-elected at four further general elections until he retired at the 2005 general election. He was named Knight Bachelor in 2010.

Personal life[edit]

He married Jean Scofield and they have three daughters.


The Prince of Wales Colliery [2]


  1. ^ a b Winterton, Jonathan; Winterton, Ruth. Coal, Crisis, and Conflict: The 1984–85 Miners' Strike in Yorkshire. Manchester University Press. p. 18. ISBN 9780719025488. 
  2. ^ Sir Bill O'Brien (2011). Pontefract Heritage Series: The Prince of Wales Colliery. Pontefract Road, Ferrybridge, West Yorkshire, WF11 8PL United Kingdom: Pen2Pen. ISBN 978-0-9559026-1-1. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Albert Roberts
Member of Parliament for Normanton
Succeeded by
Ed Balls